sexta-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2012
Princess Lizard - Minima Moralia - Theodor W. Adorno
Their lives are construed as illustrations, or a perpetual children's festival, and such perception does no justice to their needy empirical existence. Storm touched on this in the deeper meaning of his children's story 'Pole Poppenspaeler'.(3).
The Frisian boy falls in love with the little girl of the travelling players from Bavaria. 'When at length I turned round, I saw a little red dress coming towards me; and truly, and truly, it was the little puppet player; in spite of her faded clothes she seemed surrounded by a fairy-tale radiance..
Poverty compels Lizzy to make shabbiness - 'rags and tatters' - her guide-line, although she would herself like something else. Uncomprehending, she must mistrust as eccentric anything that has no practical justification.
Imagination gives offence to poverty. For shabbiness has charm only for the onlooker. And yet imagination needs poverty, to which it does violence: the happiness it pursues is inscribed in the features of suffering.
So Sade's Justine, who falls from one torture-trap into the next, is called 'notre intéressante héroine' and likewise Mignon at the moment of being beaten, the interesting child.(3)
The sedentary man envies the nomadic existence, the quest for fresh pastures, and the painted waggon is the house on wheels whose course follows the stars.
Love fall for the soulless as a cipher of living spirit, because the living are the theatre of its desperate desire to save, which can exercise itself only on the lost: soul dawns on love only in its absence.
So the expression called human is precisely that of the eyes closest to those of the animal, the creaturely ones, remote from the reflection of the self At the last, soul itself is the longing of the soulless for redemption.
1. In North-German folk-lore, lizards are reputed to be princesses, transformed into them by magicians, for their vanity.
2. Preziosa: heroine of the play of the same name by Pius-Alexander
Wolf (1821), set to music by Carl Maria von Weber. Peregrina: subject of the cycle of love Poems by Eduard Moerike (1804-75), originally in his novel Maler Nolten Albertine: mistress of the narrator in Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu.
Theodor Storm (1817-88): Frisian writer, friend of Moerike; his main works were melancholy novellae. Pole Poppenspaeler was written in 1874.
3. Mignon: leading female character in Goethe's novel Wilhelm Meister Lehrjahre.
Theodor Adorno, Minima moralia: reflections on a damaged life. Translated from the German by E. F. N. Jephcott. London, Verso, 2005, p.109.